Can One Who Publicizes (Mujahir) Their Sin Be Forgiven?

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


I heard a hadith about mujahir; Allah will not forgive them. I was a mujahir; how can Allah forgive me? Is seeking repentance enough?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The Door of Repentance is Open

Although flaunting one’s sin is indeed a major sin, the door of repentance is open. No matter how heinous one’s sin is, Allah Most High will accept them if they sincerely repent.

Allah Most High says, “And Allah wants to accept your repentance…” [Quran, 04:27]

The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “The one who repents from a sin is like the one who has no sin.” [Tabarani; Ibn Maja; Bayhaqi]

Conditions of a Sincere Repentance

However, for one’s repentance to be accepted, one must meet the following conditions:

  • To have sincere remorse for their sin.
  • To desist from sin.
  • To resolve, never to repeat the sin. [Nawawi, Riyad al-Salihin]

The One Who Flaunts Their Sins (Mujahir)

Thus by the above conditions, it is necessary for one who used to flaunt their sins to cease in doing so, be remorseful, and aim never to repeat.

If these conditions are met, there remains no doubt that Allah Most High will accept their repentance.

Hope this helps
Allah knows best

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.